Environmental/Agricultural Innovation
The Environmental/Agricultural Innovations category is intended to provide a means of sharing environmentally and/or agriculturally innovative ideas.These ideas may be new products, procedures, inventions, promotional projects, community events, etc.
Invention
An invention is a new device, contrivance, process, or an improvement on an existing machine or product that solves a real or perceived problem or need. The category provides a means of presenting an invention to the general public.
Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering is the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object, or system through analysis of its structure, function and operation. It often involves taking something (e.g., a mechanical device or electronic component) apart and analyzing in detail how it functions.
Robotics and Computer Science
A robot is a mechanical agent that can perform tasks automatically. Similarly computer science is the design of software that can perform tasks. Computer software and robots can both be operated automatically, semi-autonomous, or remotely controlled. Both are designed to be used for one or more specific purposes.
Rube Goldberg
A Rube Goldberg assembly, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).
Science Fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary, but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, etc. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a “literature of ideas”
Scientific Inquiry
Scientific inquiry is the basic experimentation category where a question is asked, a hypothesis created, an investigation performed, and a conclusion reached.